History of the Field

George Gerbner Papers

Personal correspondence, research and administrative materials, reports, publications, news clippings, photographs, and memorabilia related to George Gerbner (1916-2006) and his work as a world-renowned media scholar and dean of the Annenberg School for Communication (1964-1989). The collection is rich in material concerning the Cultural Indicators Project, Gerbner’s pioneering analysis of television violence and cultivation theory, and the Cultural Environment Movement, a media advocacy organization founded by Gerbner in 1991. The George Gerbner Papers are available here. A 1987 interview with Gerbner regarding the Annenberg School and the field of communication more generally is located here.

Elihu Katz Papers

Materials documenting the scholarly and professional activities of renowned American-Israeli sociologist and media scholar Elihu Katz, who has made substantial contributions in the areas of media effects, diffusion, uses and gratifications and reception, and media events. The collection is comprised of his work at the Guttman Institute of Applied Social Research, and at the two Annenberg Schools (University of Southern California and University of Pennsylvania). Materials pertaining to the University of Chicago, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Israel Broadcasting Authority are also present to a lesser extent. Includes correspondence; drafts of talks, papers, articles, and books; research notes; conference materials; teaching materials and course documents; public opinion studies and reports; Israeli broadcasting materials; and biographical documents. The Elihu Katz Papers can be accessed here.

International Communication Association Papers

Originally established in 1950 as the National Society for the Study of Communication, the International Communication Association (ICA) has grown to be the largest worldwide academic organization devoted to the systematic study of communication. The collection is composed primarily of administrative records created and/or collected by various officers from 1946 to 2016, and serves to document the association’s development over the years. Materials include correspondence, board meeting minutes and reports, bylaws and constitutions, conference proceedings, division records, financial records, membership records, and publication records. The International Communication Association records can be accessed here.

Communication Scholars Oral History Project

The Oral History Project consists of thorough, multi-session interviews with key figures in the field, spanning the scholars’ life histories and intellectual contributions. These interviews can be viewed/listened to in their entirety and are accompanied by full transcripts.

Charles R. Wright (1927–2017)
Klaus Krippendorff (1932- ) [coming soon]
Monroe Price (1938- ) [coming soon]

HBO Oral History Project

The HBO Oral History Project consists of thirty-eight, wide-ranging interviews conducted between 2013 and 2016 with individuals responsible for company’s founding and early development. Focusing roughly on HBO’s first decade of existence (1972-1982), each interview runs from one to two hours in length, and treats topics including business practices, affiliate relations, government regulations, technological development, pay-television competition, entertainment industry pushback, company culture, and big HBO personalities. The project was conceived of by Howard Burkat, promotion director at HBO (1977-1982) and Annenberg alumnus, and undertaken with institutional support from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Seth Abraham, April 2, 2015
Robbin Ahrold, December 15, 2014
Donald E. Anderson, December 6, 2016
Jeffrey L. Bewkes, November 19, 2014
Matthew C. Blank, July 23, 2014
Tim Braine, April 2, 2015
Julian A. Brodsky, December 10, 2014
Steven M. Brookstein, November 14, 2014
Howard Burkat, April 23, 2015
Marty Callner, December 7, 2016
Stuart F. Chuzmir, December 20, 2013
Steve Davidson, October 23, 2014
Charles F. Dolan, December 20, 2013
Peter W. Frame, December 12, 2013
Linda Frankenbach, November 14, 2014
Michael J. Fuchs, July 23, 2014
Austin O. Furst, January 12, 2015
Bonnie S. Gannon, April 14, 2015
Robert S. Grassi, April 14, 2015
Peter Gross, December 5, 2013
John Hagerty, October 30, 2014
James O. Heyworth, July 23, 2014
William G. Hooks, January 13, 2015
Edward D. Horowitz, December 16, 2014
Jeff Krolik, December 6, 2016
Gerald M. Levin, January 8, 2014
John C. Malone, June 24, 2014
Teri G. Martin, April 14, 2015
Sean McCarthy, December 3, 2014
Henry W. McGee, November 29, 2016
Trygve E. Myhren, June 20, 2014
Sheila Nevins, December 10, 2014
Nicholas J. Nicholas, March 12, 2014
Tom Oliver, December 6, 2016
Leslie H. Reade, March 12, 2015; April 15, 2015
John S. Redpath, Jr., April 1, 2015
Brian L. Roberts, December 12, 2014
Steve Scheffer, December 14, 2016

Studies in Visual Communication

Facsimile full text of the entire run (1974-1985) of the groundbreaking journal that defined the field of visual communication.

History of Communication Research Bibliography

Contains over 2,500 English-language works on the history of communication, media, and film studies held by libraries around the world. The bibliography can be accessed here.

Coming Soon

  • Kurt and Gladys Lang Papers